Michael Ellars


Michael Ellars, AIA, APX, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, CASp

Certified Access Specialist

I am a Certified Access Specialist. Also know as a “CASp,” I gained this specialty certification from the State of California in 2009. A CASp is authorized to reviewing drawings and the built environment in order to determine compliance with construction-related accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.

Accommodating persons with disabilities within the built environment can be a controversial issue. Otherwise mild-mannered folks of all backgrounds often become enraged when presented with the notion that disabled persons are entitled to accessible design.

Accessibility is not just a “good idea.” It is not an issue of building code compliance that remains “grandfathered in” so long as you don’t change anything in an existing building. Accessibility is a civil right equal to freedom of religion and freedom from racial or sexual discrimination. Failure to provide accessible facilities is no different than hanging a sign on your building that says “Whites Only.”

I am a Certified Access Specialist.

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